Money-Saving, Profit-Boosting Strategies for Franchise Owners

In light of the current economic recession, Dunkin’ franchise owners are rightfully being even more vigilant about the bottom line. The DDIFO is mindful of this and wants to help its members identify ways to save money and boost profits. DDIFO Sponsor, Performance Business Solutions, LLC (PBS) and its sister company, MS Consultants, LLC offer services in areas franchisees might not be aware of that can make a significant difference in terms of reducing business expenses, particularly in the area of tax savings.

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DDIFO Sponsors Provide Lending Options

Amid a sea of uncertainty and confusion in the financing market, not to mention the tightening of credit and lending practices, franchise owners may find themselves adrift when seeking loans and leasing programs. Thankfully, DDIFO has sponsor relationships with institutions that are actively lending and continuing to provide high-quality service and cost-effective programs.

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Advancing DDIFO Legislative Affairs

After a year of voluntarily leading the DDIFO’s government relations initiative, Robert Branca’s role has been formalized. In June, DDIFO President Jim Coen officially named Branca – a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner and operator in four states – as DDIFO Legislative Affairs Coordinator. It remains an unpaid position.

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Drive Thru Company Here to Help Franchise Owners

As one of the DDIFO’s original Associate Members, R.F. Technologies (RFT) is proud of its Dunkin’ Donuts franchise customer base – around 350 active customers – and appreciates the opportunity to gain exposure and develop additional Dunkin’ relationships. While RFT is headquartered in Bethalto, Illinois (across the river from St. Louis) with a Chicago Branch location in Northbrook, it works with customers nationwide. Director of National Accounts Gary Gerst serves as the contact point person for franchisees and is anxious to bring his company’s products and services to more members of the Dunkin’ franchise community.

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Associate Member Spotlight: TD Banknorth

Paul Lavallee, Vice President of the Commercial Lending Division in Worcester for TD Banknorth, has joined DDIFO Associaite Member program and is thrilled to bring TD Banknorth’s valuable products and services to the DD franchise community. Lavallee serves as the contact point person for DD franchise owners.

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DDIFO joins Lobbying Efforts to Protect Franchise Owners

On May 20 and 21, members of the Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA)—representing about 50,000 franchise shops throughout the country—gathered for a meeting in Washington, D.C. (DDIFO is one of the founding members). DDIFO sent two representatives to Washington for the meeting.

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Affordable Video Surveillance Systems with iTech Digital

Since 1999, iTech Digital’s goal has been to provide businesses of all sizes with user-friendly, cost effective solutions for security, surveillance and asset protection. iTech Digital has established a reputation for providing quality and value to a wide variety of customers nationwide.

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Former Dunkin’ Brands Exec Joins DDIFO Board

On April 13, Daniel P. Connelly officially joined the DDIFO Board of Directors. Connelly is the director of business development for JCM Franchise Development, a division of Joyal Capital Management, LLC in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he worked for six years as a business development manager for Dunkin’ Brands.

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